Symposium: ‘Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianities in Australia.’

You are invited to join us at the symposium ‘Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianities in Australia.’  The symposium is convened by Cristina Rocha, Mark Hutchinson and Kathleen Openshaw, scholars at the Religion and Society Research Cluster, Western Sydney University. Keynote speaker: Prof Paul Freston (Wilfred Laurier University). It will take place on 11-12 August at WSU Parramatta city campus.
Registration is free, but needed for catering purposes. For the programme, registration, and more details see https://pccinaussymposium.wordpress.com

Cheers,
Cristina
Associate Professor Cristina Rocha
ARC Future Fellow
Director of Religion and Society Research Cluster
Western Sydney University

Public Presentation of Research Findings

The Von Hügel Institute for Critical Catholic Inquiry at St Edmund’s College is delighted to invite you to the presentation of the key findings of the research project: 

The relevance of Catholic social thought and practice in the field of migration and asylum policy in the UK

Monday 24 July 2017 1.30pm (until around 3pm)

Speakers:

  • Dr Sara Silvestri (VHI, POLIS, & City, University of London)
  • Dr Elif Cetin (VHI & Wolfson College, Cambridge)

Okinaga Room (top floor in the tower) St Edmund’s College, Cambridge, CB3 0BN

Coordinated by Dr Sara Silvestri with the assistance of Dr Elif Cetin, this timely study addresses the practical and moral contribution of Christian values, and specifically Catholic social thought and practice, to the work that Catholic charities as well as policy makers do, in the UK, in the context of addressing the needs of migrants, refugees and host communities, as well as in shaping fair, humane, and responsible policies. Mainly funded by the Charles Plater Trust, this project also contributes to the wider ongoing debate on the role of religion and faith-based NGOs in public life, an reflects on the extent to which religious values can contribute to more ethical policies. Everyone welcome. Refreshments will be served afterwards Booking not required but it would help for catering.

For more information contact: ss384@cam.ac.uk

Call for Papers: ISA Research Committee on the Sociology of Religion (RC22)

Call for Papers: ISA Research Committee on the Sociology of Religion (RC22)

Presentation: Les transgenres de l’Inde : une communauté définie par la religion

Le Centre de recherche Société, Droit et Religions de l’Université de Sherbrooke (SoDRUS), en collaboration avec la chaire de recherche droit, religion et laïcité vous invite à une conférence publique qui aura lieu le mercredi 8 février 2017.

Les transgenres de l’Inde : une communauté définie par la religion


Date : Le mercredi 8 février 2017

Heure : De 12 h 00 à 13 h 30

Lieu : Campus principal de Sherbrooke, Faculté des lettres et sciences humaines, local A4-166

Cette conférence sera présentée par Mathieu Boivert, professeur au Centre d’études et de recherche sur l’Inde, l’Asie du Sud et sa diaspora de l’Université du Québec à Montréal. 

Public Discussion: Religious Aspects & Consequences of the U.S. Election (University of Sherbrooke, en français)

Evénement : La culture politique américaine à la lumière des élections présidentielles 2016 : Le religieux menace-t-il la licité et la neutralité de l’État ?

Date : Le mercredi 16 novembre 2016

Heure : De 14 h  à 17 h

Lieu : Campus principal de Sherbrooke, Balcon du Foyer du Mont-Orford – Centre culturel

Les présidentielles américaines du 8 novembre constituent l’un des événements politiques majeurs de l’année 2016. Une semaine après les résultats, le Centre de recherche Société, droit et religion de l’Université de Sherbrooke (SoDRUS) tiendra une table ronde qui offrira des clés essentielles pour la compréhension des différentes formes et expressions du religieux dans les discours, les actes et les débats durant la course présidentielle à la Maison-Blanche. À cette table ronde seront présentées et analysées les imbrications du religieux, du politique et du socio-culturel des élections américaines entre les démocrates et les républicains.

Le débat sera enrichi par les contributions de différents experts de la politique américaine, notamment, la diplomate Anne Leahy (Université McGill), les professeurs Gilles Vandal(Université de Sherbrooke), Donald Cuccioletta (Université du Québec à Montréal), le chargé de cours Mohammed Ourya (Université de Sherbrooke), sous la modération du professeur Sami Aoun (Université de Sherbrooke).

Tous concernés par les présidentielles américaines, ces experts aborderont,  tour à tour, entre autres, l’importance du catholicisme dans la politique publique et la politique étrangère américaine, les dimensions éthiques et religieuses des décisions de Barak Obama et celles que Mme Clinton priorisera, des conséquences du résultat des élections sur le Canada, l’islam étasunien et l’islam aux États-Unis entre les considérations de la démocratie libérale et les alliances géopolitiques.

Public Lecture and Film Showing, Sept 7th: University of Western Sydney

Dear Colleagues,

You are welcomed to join our next Religion and Society Research Public Lecture and Film Showing on “T.G.H. Strehlow and Movements to Repatriate Knowledge in Central Australia.” The event will focus on the process of repatriation of sacred knowledge to indigenous societies in Alice Springs. It will put forward the theory that religious knowledge is best defined as a ‘chain of memory’.

Guest Speaker: James L. Cox is Emeritus Professor of Religious Studies in the University of Edinburgh and Adjunct Professor in the Religion and Society Research Cluster, Western Sydney University.

The event will also include a showing of the film “Mr Strehlow’s Films” by Hart Cohen, who is Associate Professor in Media Arts in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts at Western Sydney University.

Event Details,

Date: Wednesday, 7th September 2016

Time: 12.00 – 14.00pm

Room: Building 3, Room G.55

Campus: Bankstown

Rsvp: By Friday 2nd September, 2016 to:  email: Ssap-research@westernsydney.edu.au

PS: please see attached flyer for more information.

Cristina

Associate Professor Cristina Rocha

ARC Future Fellow

Director of Religion and Society Research Cluster

Western Sydney University

Call for Presentations: “Music and Islam”

IV UskoMus symposium: ”Music and Islam”
Cultural Centre Stoa, Helsinki 10 November 2016

Call for Presentations

UskoMus* Research Network (uskomus.com) will organise its next one-day symposium with the theme ”Music and Islam”, with islamologist Jonas Otterbeck (Lund University) as a guest speaker. The symposium will be followed by a public discussion and a concert celebrating the 25-year career of the Turkish-Finnish band Nefes (nefes.fi <http://nefes.fi/>), supported by Senegalese Pape Sarr, Rane Diallo, Ismaila Sane and Ousseynou Mbaye, and with an emphasis on Sufi musical practices.
UskoMus hereby invites proposals for symposium presentations, whether in the form of conventional academic papers or more experimental delivery. All topics associated with the general theme are welcome, but please note that the number of presentations is limited. The 200–300-word abstracts should be sent to uskomus.network@gmail.com no later than 30 September 2016; notifications of acceptance will be sent by 14 October.

There will be no conference fee but no free lunches either.

The language of the symposium will be English. The symposium is organised in collaboration with City of Helsinki Cultural Centre Stoa (stoa.fi <http://stoa.fi/>), Etnosoi! Festival (etnosoi.fi<http://etnosoi.fi/>) and Global Music Centre (globalmusic.fi <http://globalmusic.fi/>), Music Archive JAPA (musiikkiarkisto.fi <http://musiikkiarkisto.fi/>) and the Finnish Society for Ethnomusicology (etnomusikologia.fi <http://etnomusikologia.fi/>). For further information, please consult UskoMus website (uskomus.com <http://uskomus.com/>) oruskomus.network@gmail.com <mailto:uskomus-network@gmail.com>.

Welcome to the symposium!

On behalf of UskoMus,
Antti-Ville Kärjä
*) “uskomus” = a belief, a shibboleth; “usko” = faith, confidence; “mus(iikki)” = mus(ic)

Governing religion: Interfaith dialogue and organized cultural encounters

You are invited to the research seminar and joint PhD-course ‘Governing religion: Interfaith dialogue and organized cultural encounters’ held at University of Agder (UiA) in Kristiansand, Norway, on March 30 2016.

The seminar critically engages with the ways in which interfaith dialogue constitutes a means to govern religion and the religious, and it explores which forms of religion that are produced from these organized cultural encounters and raises questions as to which roles local government, migration and media play.

Two keynote lectures by international experts on interfaith dialogue, Mar Griera from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and Lise Paulsen Galal from Roskilde University, will take place during the morning session. The rest of the seminar will take the form of a workshop and provide an opportunity for Ph.D.-students to present on-going Ph.D.-projects (app. 30-45 min. each) and receive comments from the lectures, commentators and fellow Ph.D.-students.

The seminar is free of charge. Lunch, coffee and tea will be provided as well as mandatory reading for the seminar (app. 3 texts). The seminar is open for all, but preregistration is necessary.

Deadline for registration: March 7 2016 to Louise Lund Liebmann (louise.l.liebmann@uia.no).

For those PhD-students who want to present a paper: please add an abstract of 200 words.

Notification of paper acceptance will be given shortly after the deadline.

 

The seminar is organized by the research project ‘Conflicts in Mediatized Religious Environments’ (CoMRel) and University of Agder.

 

Public Lecture: “Public space as the arena of assertion vs. repression of Muslim identity”

The Religion and Society Research Centre at the University of Western Sydney invites you to attend a public lecture.

Public space as the arena of assertion vs. repression of Muslim identity

Speaker: Amir Sheikhzadegan, University of Fribourg

Date: Thursday 14 May 2015

Time: 10:30am-12:00pm

Venue: Bankstown Campus, Building 03.G.55

RSVP: SSAP-Research@uws.edu.au by Monday 11 May 2015

This is an open and free event.

Abstract

A gradual emergence of diasporic communities out of migrant groups with an Islamic background (Schiffauer 2007) also implies a transition of their status from the “invisible migrant-worker” to that of “visible Muslim citizenship” (Göle 2011).

Geared with a strengthening of the populist right in Switzerland, the increasing visibility of Islam has given rise to conflicting claims to the appropriation of urban spaces – a tug of war that culminated in 2009 in a minaret ban, on the one hand, and the emergence of the radical organization Islamic Central Council Switzerland (ICCS) on the other.

Drawing on Lefebvre’s (1991) concept of “representational space” the study argues that public visibility has become the main contested issue between the populist right and the ICCS. Whereas the former strives for containing “the Islamic threat” by pushing Islam out of the public spaces, the latter uses urban spaces to maximize the public visibility of Islam in Switzerland. Arguing that ICCS’s public presence stands in a dialectical relationship to its identity politics, the study then highlights the following identity formation practices of this organization:

Firstly, ICCS struggles for a formal recognition of Islam in Switzerland.

Secondly, it seeks for an inversion of the stigma “Islam” (Wieviorka 2001; Cesari 2004) by persuading Muslims to publicly celebrate their muslimness.

Thirdly and finally, it strives for a strong public presence by running book stands in the crowded urban areas, distributing pamphlets and flyers in migrants’ gatherings, upholding public conferences in renowned city halls, and organizing demonstrations in city centers.

The study is part of a larger research project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation investigating the narrative identities of Muslims who are actively engaged in voluntary associations. As for methodology, it draws both on reconstruction of narrative identity (Lucius-Hoene & Deppermann 2004) and ethnographic investigation.

Amir Sheikhzadegan is a senior post-doc lecturer and researcher at the Department of Social Sciences (Section of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work) of the University of Fribourg (Switzerland). He is the author of “Der Griff des politischen Islam zur Macht: Iran und Algerien im Vergleich” (2003) as well as the co-editor of “Gesellschaften zwischen Multi- und Transkulturalität” (forthcoming). Sheikhzadegan has been a visiting fellow at the Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO) in Berlin as well as a lecturer at the universities of Zurich, Lucerne, and Basel. His fields of interest include societal change in Iran, Islam and modernity, civil society, and narrative identity.

The post Public Lecture: “Public space as the arena of assertion vs. repression of Muslim identity” appeared first on ISA Research Committee 22.